What’s on in May


Market Days in St Peter’s Street: Wednesdays and Saturdays

ST ALBANS CLOCK TOWER, High Street, OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and
Bank Holidays through until mid-September. Climb the 93 steps up to the open-air viewing platform on the roof for great views across Hertfordshire. Small charge applies.


Mon 20 The Mayor’s Farewell CHARITY ZUMBA EVENING with Instructor Tony
Leary, Alban Arena, 6.30 pm. Raising money for the Special Olympics.
Tickets £10 inc. the class, wine and nibbles, from the Mayor’s Parlour, 01727 819544 or call 01727 819422.


Tues 21 FARM AND FLOWERS – one of the “Walks and More” summer programme
10 am – 12 noon – see how an organic farm operates in harmony with wildlife
in the beautiful setting of the Ver Valley. Meet Hammonds End Farm, Hammonds End Lane, Harpenden. Limited parking; dress for muddy conditions! Easy 1.5 mile guided walk. www.hertslink.org/cms


“Master of absurdist irony and king of rapid-fire wit” RICH HALL live at
The Alban Arena, 8 pm. 01727 844488


St Albans Cycle Campaign PUBLIC MEETING & AGM, Council Offices,
St Peter’s Street, 7.30 pm. Guest Speaker and local resident, President of the
AA, Edmund King “TWO TRIBES – Promoting Harmony between Drivers and
Cyclists”. Further information www.stacc.org.uk

Wed 22 Film at the Alban Arena – Oscar winning ARGO (15) Alban Arena, 1.30/7.30 pm


HEALTH WALK, meet 7 pm outside the New Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Verulamium Park. Walk lasts around 1 hour, about 3 miles.


Thurs 23 Harpenden Film Society presents “UNTOUCHABLE” (15) in French with subtitles, 8 pm, Harpenden Public Halls. Tickets 01582767525 or via website www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk


Fri 24 Stand-up comedy from LEE NELSON, Alban Arena, 7.30 pm.


Sat 25 Street Dance Productions present DANCEMANIA – diverse and vibrant Dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary street jazz. Abbey Theatre, 2 pm/8 pm. 01727 857861 or online at www.abbeytheatre.org.uk


ANNUAL HERTS. COUNTY SHOW, The Showground, Redbourn, Saturday
& Sunday, Gates open 8.30 am. Advance Tickets available from the Tourist
Information Centre until Friday 24th. Full details www.hertsshow.com


ST ALBANS URBAN BEACH WEEKEND Sat and Sun, Verulamium Park
Various Sports activities – inspired by London 2012 – from 12 noon – 4 pm.
Try your hand at Beach Volleyball on the brand new courts. Further
Information www.stalbans.gov.uk/beach-courts


STORYTELLING FOR ALL – 2 – 3 pm, Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road. £3


SLEEPING BEAUTY – Vienna Festival Ballet presents SLEEPING BEAUTY, Alban Arena, 2.30 pm.


Sun 26 GUIDEDWALK – 11 am: “A City Revealed”, General Historical Walk
2.30 pm: “Saturday Night & Sunday Morning”


The Battlefields Trust WALK to commemorate the 1st BATTLE OF ST ALBANS (22 May 1455) during the Wars of the Roses. Meet at The Boot Inn
(near the Clock Tower) 1 pm for lunch if you wish; 2 mile circular Walk starts
2 pm. £5 (free to members of The Battlefields Trust).


70s band THE ZOMBIES in Concert, Alban Arena, 8 pm. 01727 844488



ROSE WARRIORS HOLIDAY CLUB for children aged 8+, Museum of
St Albans, Hatfield Road, daily until 31st May, 10.30 – 12.30. Further
Information from Museums website www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk


Tues 28 REMINISCENCE at The Museum of St Albans – free session at 2 pm, share
Memories of life in St Albans with objects from the Museum’s Collection.


ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH, St Michaels Street, OPEN 2 – 3.30 pm on most
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through to September. Further details
On Church website www.stmichaels-parishchurch.org.uk/Visitors.asp


Wed 29 Lunchtime ORGAN RECITAL, Cathedral, 12.30 pm, given by James Davy
(Director of Music, Chelmsford Cathedral). FREE (retiring collection in aid
of St Albans Cathedral Music Funds).


New monthly DISCUSSION CAFÉ, last Wednesday of the month, 7 – 9 pm Verulamium Museum. Pop in for a coffee and share thoughts and discussions on a wide range of topics. Tonight’s topic is “VAMPIRES IN LITERATURE & MYTH. For upcoming topics, check website www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk


New series of 6 Guided Walks – “Fleetville Diaries” – tonight “MADE IN
FLEETVILLE” – discover the stories behind the industrial history of this area
its print works, garment factories, engineering plants and much more. Walk
lasts around one and a half hours. Booking essential – please contact Liz
Bloom 07507 684531, or e-mail bloom_liz@yahoo.co.uk. Cost £2.


Medium DEREK ACORAH – The Eternal Spirit Tour, Harpenden Public
Halls, 7.30 pm. 01582 767525
Canadian stand-up comedy with THE LUMBERJACKS, as featured on “Live
At the Apollo” and other major TV comedy series, 8 pm, Alban Arena.


HEALTH WALK – meet 7 pm at Batchwood Hall Car Park, Batchwood Drive
Walk lasts around 45 mins.


Thurs 30 Family Discovery Mornings – FEATHERED FRIENDS – bird-watching in the
Cathedral! Meet the many birds which decorate the building and help create a
Bird-themed collage. Suit ages 3-11 yrs. Session 10 am – 12 noon. FREE
(donations welcome).


New Breakaway Theatre production at The Maltings Theatre – ROBERTO
ZUCCO BY Bernard-Marie Koltes – play based on a true story, following the
sinister adventures of a serial killer. Recommended for over 18s only. Tickets
available from the Tourist Information Centre, or call 0844 8700 887. Play runs until Saturday 1st June, and again from Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th June, 8 pm.

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on maria.larmer@ntlworld.com